Many of us at least once watched some football match of the National Football League (NFL). The first thing you always pay attention to is the size and physical strength of the players. Football requires specific skills that combine with incredible athleticism. Players demonstrate incredible physical strength during each match. The average weight of players of the National Football League occupying the position of lineman are 130 or more kilograms, most of it is lean muscle mass! Receivers and running backs run 40 yards in 4.4 seconds an average and can feature 100-cm vertical jump. The natural question that many viewers and admirers of this sport ask, is it really possible to develop such physique without using steroids?
NFL, Steroid Situation, and Brian Bosworth
It’s well known that steroids in the NFL were widely used in the middle of the twentieth century. Drug use peaked in the 1980s, when 20.3% of players took steroids, according to their own confession made in a survey among NFL players. At the same time, there was no prohibition on their use at that time in general. Moreover, the use of doping drugs was detected even among players who played for college and high school teams in the United States, and who were part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Only since 1987, the NFL has begun to test players for the use of illegal steroids and other banned substances through special anti-doping tests. For the first violation, players could get a disqualification for at least 90 days, for a second violation related to the administration of steroids, they could be disqualified for at least 180 days, and for the third violation, a disqualification for a year was provided.
An interesting life story including excellent American football performance, the use of anabolic medications, the subsequent scandal, and post-football career belongs to an athlete named Brian Bosworth. He is known to many as a popular actor who has appeared in multiple films performing main and cameo roles. However, in the past, Brian was also an extremely talented player in American football. The sportsman was the only baseball player in the whole history of the NFL, who was awarded twice the honorary prize “Butkus Awards”, as well as received 2 times the title of the best sportsman of the consensus first-team All-American.
Short Bio of Brian Bosworth
Brian Bosworth (who received the football nickname “The Boz”) was born in 1960s in Oklahoma City, the United States. The future baseball and movie star entered the Texas School of Mac Arthur High School, graduated from it and afterwards became a learner at the Oklahoma’s University. During his university education, Bryan actively played football, defending students team in the mid of 1980s and taking the position of a linebacker. During this period, Bosworth first gained fame due to its vivid personality, unusual appearance and negative comments on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which he called “National Communists Against Athletes”. During this period, the player’s peak of fame was observed (as we noted above), as in the seasons of the NCAA league in 1985 & 1986, Brian was twice recognized as the “consensus first-team All-American”, and twice (in 1985 & in 1986) received the “Butkus Award” prize, which, by the way, was first awarded since 1985. But in the same period of time, a scandal related to the detection of steroids in the body of the sportsman, as well as his further disqualification, happened.
Brian Bosworth and Steroid Scandal
At the end of the 1986 season, the NCAA League Commission revealed signs of steroid use in Brian’s body and issued a statement to disqualify Brian, so the player missed a very important game – the orange bowl – which was held on January 1, 1987, in which the football teams of Oklahoma and Arkansas met. In that match, Brian Bosworth’s team won, but Brian himself publicly apologized. “I accept my punishment”, he said.
But at the same time, Bosworth did not admit his guilt in the use of anabolic and performance-enhancing substances, since he stated that the drugs were prescribed to him by a healthcare professional, therefore, he took legal steroids, according to him. The sportsman said that he started taking the medications in ”January last year”, when he lost bodyweight, suffered a shoulder trauma & could not even lift weight in the gym. ”I stopped it in March when I felt fine,” the sportsman said. ”What I didn’t know was that the drugs I took would take about one year from cleaning my organism.”
Subsequently, the sportsman publicly stated that he did not recognize steroids as illegal substances, since he believed that they had been used by sportsmen, including baseballers, for more than thirty years. In addition, according to him, anabolic steroids are artificial derivatives of natural men’s hormones, which are sometimes prescribed to treat injuries. Some sportsmen take them to help build musculature and add pack on some pounds. However, we should say that their administration can lead to severe side effects of steroids, including the occurrence of liver tumors. Also, Bosworth called on the NCAA to establish a so-called “grace period”, that is, a period when the use of steroids would not entail any punishment. In September 1988, Brian Bosworth wrote and published an autobiographical book entitled “The Boz”, which described in detail his opinion about the use of steroids and the rules established by the NCAA in connection with the use of such substances. However, his appeal has been ignored and to this day, the NCAA, as well as the NFL, continue to perform tests to identify steroids and disqualify players caught in their use.
Maybe Brian used methandienone (Dianabol). Dianabol is a universal steroid that is available in the form of tablets and injections. Dianabol is a popular and highly effective drug designed to improve muscle mass gaining and increase strength in the shortest possible time. Dbol is a derivative of testosterone substances and has powerful anabolic & androgenic features. It also has a pronounced effect on protein, fats and carbs metabolism and activates the synthesis of protein in the organism. This steroid was popular in 1970s and 1980s. However, it is widely used now.
Later, Brian cemented his success in the football career. As a result, in 1987, 22-year-old guy was invited to the prestigious NFL club Seattle Seahawks. Bryan played 3 full seasons in this team. Even now, years later, he remembers these football times as the most important in his life.
Brian Bosworth and Cinematography
After completing a football career – in the early 90’s – the former sportsman began to act in movies. The filmmakers were attracted by perfect physique of the former American football superstar and many of them sought to use Bosworth’s image in films.
The first movie in which Brian appeared was “Stone Cold” (1991). In general, the film was liked by both critics and viewers, and many noted the good play of the novice actor.
Subsequently, he starred in many scenes in which he played main and minor roles, among which are “One Tough Bastard”, “Blackout”, “Three Kings”, “Phase IV” and others. In the film “The Longest Yard”, Brian played an episodic role, but this movie was directly related to gridiron football.
The actor continues to periodically participate in episodic roles in films and in numerous TV series. For example, in 2010, he starred in the movie “Down and Distance”.
The sportsman married his school girlfriend in early 1990s, but recently, unfortunately, the couple was divorced. Bad things happen. There are three children from the marriage.
Brian Bosworth has blue eyes, a light-colored hair, light skin and medium lips. The shape of the face is rectangular, the forehead is medium, the hair is straight. Brian Bosworth does not change the color of his hair, giving preference to natural hair. The actor has an average narrow nose and pointed chin. The height of the actor is 188 cm, there are no tattoos on his athletic body.